Prophetic

When Women Rule Us Astray

When women rule us astray
In Isaiah 3:1-15 God laments over his people of Jerusalem and Judah because of their disobedient condition and the public parading of their sin. Their behavior reminds us a lot of the condition the whole world is in today. Verse 12 may sound particularly shocking for our modern ears. God then saw women in ruling position not as the sign of blessing, but as an expression of his judgment over his people.

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Women’s March, Versailles Wikimedia Commons

In our modern world, about 22 countries live under the rule of women. Countries like Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Senegal, South Korea or Bangladesh have a female president, Prime Minister or Chancellor. What is God’s perspective when he looks on 22 countries ruled by women? God is the one who establishes governing authorities; he changes time and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He knows exactly what he is doing, he has a hand in who rules today. Is God sending his judgment over nations by instituting women to rule them?

The democratic majority disagrees with God
Most of us have heard the femininists view point on the rulership of women. Lately, even Christian women (and men!) are more and more siding along with femininistic thought patterns on this topic, typically quoting Bible verses completely out of its context and its culture to make their unbiblical points. Most of those in politics (and specifically those who wish to be politically correct!) as well as those in positions of power have one thing in common, true to Psalm 2: They take their stand against the Lord, trying to break his chains and throw off his fetters. Their battle cry is to defy God’s order of life, and make disobedience against God the new binding law. Most of us have also put in our own two cents about women as rulers, leaders, and in headship positions. But at the end of the day, all these debates, opinions, and wishes are just human’s view. What counts is how does God see it. What is God’s view on this? The Bible tells us the story of two foreign women (Jezebel and her daughter Athaliah) who pushed themselves forward to rule Israel. Their story did not end well. In the Bible, there is not a single instance that an Israelite woman ruled over Israel. Headship simply was male, just like God ordered it in the very beginning. Why chance for worse what God has ordered beautifully?

Deborah was a mother, not a ruler
Some may argue that Deborah was a ruler. But how can she be a ruler (or a king) when it says four times in the Book of Judges that “Israel had no king, everyone did as he saw fit.” Deborah was one who did not do as she saw fit. She was not a disobedient rebel. She aligned herself to do what was fitting with her God! Listen to what she says about herself in Jdg 5:6-7: “In the days of Shamgar son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the roads were abandoned; travelers took to winding paths. Village life in Israel ceased, ceased until I, Deborah, arose, arose a mother in Israel.” She does not perceive herself as a  ruler, not even as a leader, but as a mother! She was someone who sat under her palm tree where the Israelites came to her to have their disputes decided because she could hear God as a prophetess and because she did what fit God, and not what fit man. Today, we fit to whatever the majority shouts loud; we enter whatever gate is broad and wide. Who, in today’s cacophony of opinionated and angry voices, seriously bothers to care for the view that God has? Read more on this in my book, “The King’s Woman”

Hosts are not leaders
Some naively believe that women held leadership positions in the early church, misunderstanding the term “hosting” to mean leadership. To host means to open up your house for others to meet. Paul and Peter met with the brothers at Lydia’s home, (Acts 16:40). Pricilla and Aquilla opened up their homes for the church to meet (Rom 16: 3-5). A house church gathered in Chloe’s household, (1Cor 1:11). Nympha hosted the church at her house (Col 4:15) These women might have had big houses where many could come together and hang out for a whole day or more. Paul greets the very hard working women Persis, Tyyphena and Tyrphos. (Now, hard work could mean all sorts of things: preaching and teaching, as well as getting the house ready to host many people which involves: fill up the water pitchers to wash the dusty feet before entering the house, prepare and cook large amounts of meal, hand wash piles of dishes, broom and mop the house after everyone leaves, hand wash the mats and blankets that people might have used.) When Paul writes: Greet Mary, who worked hard for you, (Rom 16:6) it does not mean Mary was a leader, having a headship position. No, it just means that Mary just willed to work hard for the people.

Men of the Kingdom created a safe place for women
Women were easily exposed to vulnerability in those ancient days; this is true even today in many parts of the world. Jesus broke this standard when he was on earth. Jesus deliberately made space for women, crossing every cultural and traditional barrier. Women were welcomed and were safe in his presence. The three Marys, Martha, Joanna, Susanna and many other women supported Jesus and his disciples. Paul greets a number of women in his letters who were all involved some way or the other in the cause of the gospel. He considers them as mothers, sisters, co-laborers in the Lord. Julia and the unnamed sister of Nereus, the unnamed mother of Rufus, Pricilla, the unnamed women of Philippi, who contented at Paul’s side together with Clement and other fellow-workers, Lois and Eunice (Timothy’s mother and grandmother) who were credited for their sincere faith. Paul commends Phoebe, who served helping many in the church. The Kingdom that Jesus came to establish was an upside-down Kingdom, overthrowing the parading, the culture and the legalization of sin and turned things back to God’s standards. What Jesus did and later on Paul – the men of the Kingdom! – did to the women of their times was remarkable. All these women mentioned could play a role because Paul made space for them. He created a safe and healthy environment for them to use their material resources, gifts, and talents. Alone, by themselves, these women could not have achieved this. Women were present alongside these men – and they flourished! Jesus and Paul created this environment in a culture, tradition, and customs that otherwise lived very differently. We should not therefore twist history and read into it what we want it to be today, specifically that women were in headship positions, and that this was somehow a sign of God’s blessing. The exact opposite is true. Or where, in the Bible, did God change his opinion on this? If we want to be fair to God and the very clear creational order that he has established about headship from the very beginning, we should stop twisting his words in his mouth.

Will the real men stand up, please?
An absolutely surrendered man, a man who stays submitted under the authority of God is able to create a safe place of total surrender to God for women too. Jesus stayed submitted to God until his death. Paul speaks of his ultimate surrender in Gal 2:20 with these words: I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. Under a healthy male headship, women can find their space, they can be safe, they can be part of the bigger picture, use their gifts, share their material resources and so on. Until we want to go as far as to brutalize scripture, there is no way we can twist things to mean that women were having headship (leadership) roles in the Bible and conclude that we all therefore need to shift away from what God had beautifully already ordered in the very beginning.

Today we see women leading protest marches in support of women’s rights, including the right to kill unborn babies. They stand up for LGBTQ rights, racial justice, freedom of religion, immigration and health care reform, the protection of the natural environment and workers’ rights. What does this really mean? It only shows that they have not found a safe place yet! It only shows that there are no real men who can lead and give headship for these women! So many women naively conclude, completely outside of God’s Kingdom framework : Let us take matters in our own hands, let us rule!

Could this be anything else than a judgment of God as it is stated in Is 3:12? “Youths oppress my people, women rule over them. O my people, your guides lead you astray; they turn you from the path.”

What are we to do, therefore? For men and woman alike: Your hiding place, your safety is only in Jesus, your King and Bridegroom. Run to him, surrender absolutely, submit and fall into his loving embrace.

The Parable of the Ground

This is the continuation of the last post.

“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop — a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

In this parable, Jesus emphasizes that the seed is not the problem. The gospel of the Kingdom is not the problem, but the ground. According to the parable above, statistically speaking, 1/4th of those who hear the gospel of the Kingdom will misunderstand it, or misinterpret it for church, or Christian business, or even heaven — somewhere far up there, unreachable at this moment. 1/4th of those who hear the gospel of the Kingdom will quickly accept it, run ahead and build shallow kingdoms that will wither away pre-matured. They will leave behind a “burned earth” where it will be impossible to sow Kingdom seeds anymore. The moment such a ground hears the word “Kingdom,” it shuts the door and shows a cold shoulder. 1/4th of those who hear the gospel of the Kingdom will choke the life out of the seeds that are sown through their never ending pessimistic, sarcastic comments, empty arguments, and useless debates of “what ifs” and “what if nots.” Such grounds are often visible in facebook and blog comments. Ego, fear, worries, doubts, jealousy, and the deception of riches and wealth, name and fame, literally kill the seeds of the gospel of the Kingdom of God.

Jesus, the Sower of Kingdom seeds, explains in the parable in Matthew 13:3-8 that only about 1/4th will understand the gospel of the Kingdom of God and will die thoroughly to ego to produce a crop that is multipliable. “Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed.” Kingdom seeds must die in order to have Kingdom growth. Dying is not cheap; it does not come easy. The seed cast to the ground is buried under dark, wet, and cold dirt. It remains hidden, away from spotlights and microphones. It begins to decay. No one knows, no one recognizes, and no one cares! It has to die to its Self, its image, its identity. And even when the time comes to present itself to the world, you don’t see it ever in its old form. It is no more a seed; it germinates. When everyone else is waiting to see it break forth out of the ground, it grows pushing downwards, taking deep roots first, to build a firm anchor to carry the truth and to withstand the weeds. Then the unimpressionable, (not to be taken seriously and easy to reject) vulnerable tender stalk sprouts. It has to survive the scorching heat, storms and hail, a hard period of growth. Sometime later, the head comes out, with hopes of multiplication — the full kernel in the head. And the same process repeats again. His Kingdom grows on earth. Kingdom seeds have the potential to produce a crop – a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.

Not everyone who says, “kingdom, kingdom” understands the Kingdom. Just like many who say, “Lord, Lord” also do not understand what that Lord says; otherwise they may eventually obey and do what that Lord says!

Jesus was born as a savior but he is to return as the acting King. While on earth, he preached the gospel of the Kingdom of God. To enter it, he says, requires a radical repentance. “Repent, for the Kingdom of God has come.” Repent means, stop doing what you have been doing so far, turn around and return to the orders of the King. Repent, because he is the King and we are not! Most of the King’s parables on the Kingdom of God do not end delicately but they end with fierce consequences. Repent…, “or else you will be thrown into a fiery furnace where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth!” The Kingdom of God is not a sphere where we can play our little games of kings and queens. We may play our own games in the churches, but not so in the Kingdom. In the churches, one can notice an awkward absence of sermons on repentance and obedience. Its the cheap grace and love, isn’t it? But listen to what Jesus says, “If you love me, you will obey my commandments” (Jn 14:15). And one of his commandments is, “Repent!”

Jesus never stopped scattering his Kingdom seeds. The question to answer is what ground are we?  If we are anything other than the good soil, we should know what to do.

A friend of mine posted this inspiring video on her facebook, I am sharing it here as an encouragement.

Waiting For Her Moment

I am not the kind of person who watches TV shows like this. My husband emailed me the link saying, ‘you got to watch this’. I looked at it and thought, ‘a 7 minute youtube video! That is too long!’ Anyway, I clicked on the play button and I watched it. I silence my words now and let you watch it yourself.

All of a sudden, my eyes were weeping and my nose was running. My  22 year old son next to me exclaimed, “You are crying watching an old lady dance salsa!” Yes, I was overwhelmed. The Spirit of God impressed on me something about his bride. He dreams of her. He has equipped her from birth to be who she is supposed to be. But she gave it up after much abuse. Her past story tells us that she was persecuted in the very beginning. She fled Jerusalem. She had to compete with other philosophies and heresies within her. She was chopped up into different doctrines. She was confined to monastic orders. They made her into something that she is not – a theology! Those who defended her were martyred. Then those that wished to represent her hung titles on themselves like ‘pope’ and ‘archbishop’, discrediting her very being. They crowned emperors in her dwelling and launched tragic crusades ravaging innocent and ignorant people in her name. All she wanted was to be his bride.

Politics and institutions wasted her. The power of the institutions strengthened and the poor in her suffered and those who stood for the truth, burned in stakes. Reformation began, movements started, suppression increased and persecution continued. She ran disoriented and lost, not knowing who she really is. She was later dressed in new terms like ‘confessions’ and ‘denominations’. People liked her new clothes and made a global business out of it called ‘mission’ to export these clothes to other nations. She is not a business. She is not a theology. She is not a confession. She doesn’t play politics or institutions. She is not a denomination or a doctrine. She has sacrificed much too much to be  everything to everybody. What she really wants is her bridal dress.

She has travelled such a long journey. She is so tired, almost exhausted. Her clothes are smelly and worn out. Yes, she may look wasted and useless; she may look old and wrinkled, But somewhere deep within she has hope. She has hidden her strength to one day shock every institution, theology, politics, every title and doctrine. Watch out! Her moment will come! She will clothe in her spotless bridal dress and her youth will be renewed. She will steal the show because she remembers who she is – his bride.

Is God In The UK Floods?

Jesus preached the Kingdom, what came was the church. Many in Christendom are stirred with this truth; they start to realize they wanted the Kingdom, but were given Christianity. After years of slaving in man-made religion, they decide that “we did not sign up for this”, realizing that they have not arrived under the liberating Kingship of Christ, but in the ghettos of religious structures. They find themselves to be in a cave called Christianity – while the Spirit of God calls them to come out into the light of God’s Kingdom truth. This truth will now be preached by God’s true apostles and prophets as a part of an end-time initiative that Jesus has predicted: This Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached to the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come (Mt 24:14).

When you hear this new message for the first time, it may shock you just like someone who has been in the bleak twilight will be shocked by the brilliant radiance of the sun. If that happens to you, do not complain how bright the light is, but complain how long you slept in the cave!

Remember Elijah the prophet? He ran for his life in fear of Jezebel and came to a broom bush to die there after zealously killing the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who ate at Jezebel’s table. “Enough!” he said. He had had it. He requested for himself that he might die. “Take my life I am not better than my fathers”, he complained to God. But an angel brought him fresh hot bread and water to revive him. “Get up and eat”, said the angel. Elijah obeyed. He ate and drank, then he went back to sleep. The angel woke him up again and said, “Get up and eat, because the journey is too much for you”.  He ate and drank again; then he traveled for forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. There, he went into a cave and spent the night. “What are you doing here, Elijah”? questioned God stunningly. I am about my business and you are worried about your life? Don’t you understand that this not about you? Your zeal for me, however great it is, is not my main concern, even if you impress it on me many times. Get out of your little cave that provides you your safe dwelling, your refuge and your pleasant burial. Go out, stand on the mountain before me and watch me pass by!

Elijah stayed in the cave. Great and strong winds tore apart the mountains and shattered the rocks. The Lord was not in the winds. Then came an earthquake, the Lord was not in the earthquake. Then came a fire. The Lord was not in the fire. Elijah felt safe and secured in the cave. Then came a faint and gentle whisper loud enough to move him out of his safe dwelling. He came out and stood at the entrance of the cave. “What are you doing here, Elijah”? Elijah was still concerned about his great zeal for God and his precious life. God, however, was utterly unimpressed. He completely ignored his zeal.

Take a moment to consider this. How could we possibly impress God about our zeal for him while we have secured a safe refuge and a stable dwelling in our caves? When he says stand before me, why do we bury ourselves like the dead in our caves? God is busy whispering outside of our caves and we are busy listening to the lashes of mighty storms, we run here and there listening to the rumbles of earthquakes thinking here is the Christ, there he is, and we allow ourselves to be deceived by fiery performances, great signs and miracles in front of our eyes. God wonders about us: you think I am in every gathering that meets in my name, in every prayer movements that spring today and withers tomorrow. You think I am in your regular grand shows, standing under your colorful spotlights. So sorry to say, I am but not in there. I am not in the newest books of your popular authors and I am not in the latest CD of your favorite worship singers. For the last time, what are you doing here, Elijah? You may have slaughtered the falsehood of this world in great zeal for me. You may have paid a heavy price for my namesake. You may even believe that you are the only one left. You have stayed too long in your cave. Your eyes have become accustomed to the darkness of your surrounding. I still the raging storm to a whisper and hush the waves of the sea. Come out! Stand before me! Wrap your face with your mantle, for I am going to whisper and my whisper will scorch your eyes and ears. My purpose supersedes your zeal and your safe refuge. My purpose is about your nation, my purpose extends beyond the borders of your nation and yes, Elijah, you have had it; pass on the baton!

The great and courageous prophet Elijah had to hear the whisper of God to get out of his cave. God still whispers. He has just now whispered again to Peter Farmer , who woke up today morning in a farm in UK, Worcester in the midst of the floods there. No, God is not in the floods, but he who has ears, will hear Him whisper.

Come out of your cave, now! Come out of your secured dwellings. Wrap your face, lest you be scorched. Click here to Hear Him whisper His purpose for your nation.

A Follow-up Response To “Our Dear America”

Dear friends,

Due to the many mails that are reaching us after we sent out the “Our Dear America” message after the US election 2012, we attach a follow-up letter that can serve to answer some of the most frequently asked questions and take the liberty to point into some directions and practical steps we might need to take!

Blessings to you,

Wolfgang and Mercy Simson,

Germany.

Please click here for The Follow-up Response

Our dear America – Where do you go from here?

Dear readers, for this post we don’t invite comments. But you may send an e-mail to the address in the pdf file attachment below. Thank you for your understanding.

…We sense that God is saying something important today about the amazing future of America from his Kingdom perspective.

In 2008, God has been challenged by a man standing up in public, preaching to the cheers of a huge crowd: “Yes we can!” We watched it; we saw the tears of excitement in the eyes of the people; the statements were received as if coming from the Messiah himself, and the electoral rallies had all the flavor of a religious revival. “Yes, we can” is the exact opposite of the King of kings saying: “Without me, you can do nothing!”

If God is the one who “deposes kings and raises up others” (Dan 2:21), does it really matter what are the names of the current puppets set in place by God that advance both the New World Order and the Kingdom of God?
Neither Herod, Pilate or Cesar were truly important for the development of the Kingdom. That is exactly why Kingdom people do not play in the Second League, but the First, the one that matters. The one that puts the Kingdom first, and everything else – including their own nation – second.

Read more here: Our dear America

Obedient Love and Loving Obedience – Part 1

We were a small group of people, meeting together to seek God about specific matters that stood as questions on the way, in reaching certain mile stones. We spent a lot of our time listening to God rather than stuffing God’s ears with our begging prayer requests. During one of the many ‘listening to God’ times, I had my eyes closed and suddenly realized that I just entered a tall standing slightly opened door. The room had huge walls in its heights and its lengths and it was pretty much empty. As soon as I entered the room, I was caught by the heavy presence of reverence. My legs felt like two paper clips pulled towards some powerful magnetic floor. I fell to the floor and slowly tried to crawl on all fours. To the far left corner, opposite to where I crawled, were a simple small wooden round table and a simple high-back wooden chair. The back of the chair faced me. In front of the table and chair stood about five or six saints. They were discussing something serious with the one who was sitting on that wooden chair. I tried to crawl quietly with much effort to the nearby wall to wait until the meeting with the saints was over. The reverence and the holiness in the room were just too much to bear.

Then suddenly the one who sat on the high-back wooden chair with his back towards me turned his face to my direction as if my presence there disturbed him. He looked at me and snapped, “Who are you and how dare you come in here?” I was petrified. With my head bowed low, I stammered back, “Lord, dare I not speak, but I am washed in the blood of Jesus”. As if this answer was the right pass word to access that room, he asked me calmly, “what do you want?” I said, “I need help, I need your help.”

He did not say if he will help me or not help me. He did not even bother about my need of help. He simply spoke softly with a heavy heart, “My people, they love me, they worship me, they say a lot about me, they do so many things to me, but they don’t obey me.” The heaviness of this heart was unbearable. It pierced through my heart. I wanted to carry his load to relieve him of his insufferable torture just for a little while. I stood there letting this burden captivate me. I wanted to feel what he feels. It was horribly heavy to bear those feelings even for a few seconds!

These verses were pounding loud as my heart began to race:

1Jn 5:3 This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome.

vs. 2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.

1Jn 3:22, 24 we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.

Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them.

John, who was known as “the disciple whom Jesus loved” knew what it takes to love God. Loving God and loving one another without obeying his commands is pseudo love. Love AND obedience to the commands of Jesus are the two sides of the coin. Only one side without the other is not a valid coin.

1Jn 2:3 We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.